A stay in Taipei (or any cities in Taiwan) wouldn't be complete without stuffing myself with great Taiwanese food.
This flight is codeshared with EVA. Check-in is done at the EVA counter by EVA staff. HX passengers are only allowed to use EVA The Club lounge, which is a pretty small open air lounge featuring a seating area, small buffet and showers - not quite comparable to the Infinity lounge reserved for EVA's premium passengers.
Food is decent, but is a step down from the Infinity lounge
Yes, I eat a lot
I proceeded to the gate. Not ready for boarding yet.
Hong Kong Airlines Airbus 330-300
I picked this flight because I wanted to try their fully flat seat. Seat configuration is staggered 1-2-1. All seats have aisle access. Color theme of cabin and seats are almost identical to HX's parent Hainan Airlines.
Quite disappointing though. The seats were rather tight and worn down, not quite what I expected when I saw the pictures on their website.
Food was okay. The bauhinia-themed tableware looked nice. The pineapple pastry (on the left) was bad though.
Back to HKG
One drawback of taking a budget airline - deplaning on the tarmac. Not for me - I was actually pretty excited to spot planes at a close distance.
Close view of the plane - a luxury not offered by a jet bridge
More plane spotting on the shuttle bus back to the main terminal
Christmas decorations at the arrival hall
Hong Kong Airlines
EVA Air / The Club A+
Taipei - TPE
Hong Kong - HKG
A decent business class offering by a budget airline. Crew members were friendly, seats were comfortable but worn down, and food was okay. Deplaning on the tarmac adds time to the journey but is great for plane spotting. Overall a good value - I would book again if it's on sale. The flight experience, however, is not comparable to Cathay Pacific or other premium airlines.
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